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Poster: snori Date: Jan 6, 2011 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: So following on from films ...

How about TV Series ? No specific dates and from either side of the Atlantic. A few offerings :-

The Prisoner (as someone said in the other thread 'why the remake ?')
The Singing Detective
John Le Carre BBC adaptations (take your pick)
Charles Dickens BBC adaptations ditto
The Jewel in the Crown
Bridehead Revisted
Twin Peaks and of course
The Sopranos
The West Wing
The Wire



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Poster: Judge TOOTMO Date: Jan 7, 2011 7:28am
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Don Kirshner's Rock Concert



Soul Train
Eureka's Castle
HeeHaw
Top Gear (British only, please)
Bitchin' Kitchen

TOOTMO

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jan 6, 2011 3:03pm
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I never saw The Prisoner, but the song did inspire a good song, complete with Patrick McGoohan's dialogue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Tb8Jo11uGo

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:39am
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Definitely got to go with The Prisoner, Singing Detective and Twin Peaks.

Also:

Twilight Zone
Battlestar Galactica (the most recent version obviously)
24
Lost
X-Files
Dexter
The Sweeney
House of Cards
Cheers
Seinfeld
Curb Your Enthusiasm



An aside on The Singing Detective - I got to meet Dennis Potter around the time that was first broadcast. As I recall, he got extremely pissed off with me for suggesting that it was one of the finest shows ever broadcast. He reckoned I was implying that he'd never to do anything better and might just as well stop working. In truth, I don't think he ever equalled the Singing Detective, never mind surpass it.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:47am
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Curb Your Enthusiasm

YES! better than Seinfeld imo. Did you know that it's improvised and not scripted. I bet it's loosely scripted but still. IMPRESSIVE. Along the same lines ever listened to the Phil Hendrie radio program?

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jan 6, 2011 2:56pm
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you might be right about this...i love it, David is a Genius!

he is also the master of the "one-sided" phone conversation...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:53am
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As I understand it, Larry David does a basic plot outline for the show and the cast improvise their dialogue around that. I love Susie Essman - that woman could strip paint with her tongue.

Have to say I never came across Phil Hendrie this side of the water. I'll have to see if I can stream him via the internet.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:46am
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Agree with you two on Curb; great show.

And, Rob, the wife just loves all sorts of "your" productions. One of our favs is SHolmes with JBrett, and of course, the BlAdder series, esp the one with the WWI focus.

Finally, Jeeves and Wooster (sp?) with your man from House, and SFry.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:59am
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I'm a big fan of PG Wodehouse (I consider him one of the finest craftsmen who ever worked with the English language). I recently bought the DVDs of Jeeves and Wooster and reckon Fry and Laurie do a fine job - I really did think of including it on my list, and in retrospect I think I should have done so.

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 6, 2011 12:33pm
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Creatures_Great_and_Small_%28TV_series%29

Here's one from the BBC which I grew up watching with mom and dad. Good series, excellent scenery.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:17am
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he's hit or miss but when he's on incredible. He's the host and the voice of the guest who is always controversial. The whole premise to say shit stuff to REALLY piss people off to call in.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 6, 2011 2:01pm
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I used to love listening to Phil Hendrie. What a great concept for the show (i.e. that the people who call into talk radio are very different than the people who listen and that you could entertain the listeners by screwing with the callers). We used to sit at work (they replayed them in the AM) and wait to see which characters he would use that day. I really like the rich woman and her husband who live in the exclusive gated community. After 9-11-2001 he got kind of crazy for a bit and i stopped listening. Is he back to his old self? If so i might have to find him again.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 6, 2011 2:49pm
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you're right he did get a little nuts after 9-11. I dont listen often because it's on late and think might not even be on up here anymore.

I used to love Ted of Beverely Hills the inventor of the foil wrapped potato.and the snotty lady voice who would just go um hmm um hmm uh hmm talking over people as they ranted. The snotty little kid was pretty funny too. Damn there were a bunch of good ones

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 6, 2011 2:52pm
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Ted was great!! They even had a commercial for his restaurant when he was on. Yeah the woman was also really funny. The thing that cracked me up was at some point during every show he let the cat out of the bag, yet people still would call in as if it was real. We live in a scary place.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 6, 2011 3:06pm
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Did you hear the one right during when gas first hit the roof oh so long ago ( no not the 70's )where the rich lady voice was saying that people who drive small cars should forfeit the gas pumps to SUVS because people who drive SUVS are more important and generally travel in caravans. Or the guy who explained proper cell phone ediquette like when youre at a restaurant you should let it ring 8 times take it out and show everybody at the table that you have one so theyll know what your status is.

and of course " as a gay man and a gay journalist" at the beginning of everything the one character would say.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 6, 2011 3:34pm
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Yes i remember all of those and started laughing as I was reminded about them. I used to think he was absolutely the funniest and most creative personality on the radio. Here is his website:

http://www.philhendrieshow.com/

Think its time to give Phil another listen

Well not at the price and he is on the radio here at 2 AM. c'est la vie

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Poster: helenbuckeeta Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:49am
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The Fugitive (a Quinn Martin production)
The Man From Uncle
Wild, Wild West
Hawaii Five-O
Dragnet
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Johnny Cash Show
The Johnny Carson Show
The Smothers Brothers Show
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
Partridge Family (big crush on Susan Day)
Mannix (big crush on Peggy the secretary)
Petticoat Junction (billy joe, betty joe & bobby joe)
I Dream of Jeannie (guess?)

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:18am
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Dave Allen at Large

Only Fools and Horses

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Poster: Psy-Fi Date: Jan 6, 2011 1:04pm
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Here's a few more I don't think anyone's mentioned yet...

The Honeymooners
Highway Patrol
Peter Gunn
Naked City
The Saint
Dr. Who
The Avengers (Diana Rigg episodes)
The Flintstones
The Munsters
Adam-12
All in the Family
Blackadder

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 2:14pm
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Beverly Hillbillies - the black and white years of that show are great

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 6, 2011 2:54pm
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How about some fun shows not necessarily top ten material? I'm remembering Phil Silvers, F-Troop and Hogan's Heroes... but I know NUZZING!



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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 6, 2011 2:44pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BtHdFggD68
Kids in the Hall

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jan 6, 2011 3:07pm
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Trailer Park Boys.


It ran from 2001-2008 in Canada.

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/comedy/watch/v19078157mJxRgkJs

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:09am
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Addams Family
Green Aches
Monty Python
Sanford & Son
Outer Limirs (1st season)
Twilight Zozn
SCTV
I Spy
Get Smart

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:52am
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Get Smart!

99...hmmmm. Everyone in my 8th grade class loved her; I hope people aren't getting the idea that I rank movies and TV by the leading ladies--it was just that some of these were at the "right" time for this sort of impact on a young man (me) agewise.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:55am
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I am a big Morticia (Carolyn Jones) fan .

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:29am
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Looney Tunes(mostly Bugs, ahem Mr. Bunny)
You Can't Do That on Television
Breaking Bad


Very similar programs......:).

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Poster: oneprowierdo Date: Jan 6, 2011 3:29pm
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didn't take the time to read all (forgive me )
did anyone mention BAT FINK ?
"my wings are made of steel "

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:40am
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just naming a few...

Homicide (Life on the Street)
Justified
M*A*S*H
Lost
Ernie Kovacs (really showing my age!)

and can't forget Seinfeld

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:20am
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Homicide may be my All-Timer. I never understood why it wasn't a huge show. Maybe today when you can get by w/ 1 million viewers and downstream revenue it would be different. But even in syndication it does poorly. That show is transcendent. Remember the show w/ Vincent D'Onofrio on the subway platform ?
Any show with that much Tom Waits music ... And I love Meldrick. And Giardello, Pembleton, Bayliss...
Never could abide Kellerman though.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:38am
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Agree - whenever the conversation gets to TV shows, this is #1 on my list. Great characterizations, terrific writing, sharp editing and camera, all guts... and if this is your genre, then I recommend its offspring: Southland on TNT, and to a lesser extent, Detroit 187 on ABC. Southland really has stuff to chew on.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:48am
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I forgot "Homicide" - good catch.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jan 6, 2011 1:03pm
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glad to see another Ernie Kovacs fan here - pure genius . . . way ahead of his time

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Poster: deadjunkie Date: Jan 6, 2011 5:47pm
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No one's mentioned the caped crusader and his loyal sidekick, Robin?
Holy oversight, Batman!

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Jan 6, 2011 7:10pm
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Some of our old faves are right here too.

http://www.hulu.com/

Beats most of the new stuff on TV by a long shot. I don't watch shit like AI or DWTS. Reality shows suck the big one.

Watching vintage TV is possible on line even if you're overseas. No formatting hassles to deal with any more...

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jan 6, 2011 7:41pm
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In no particular order....
Alot of the older ones I only saw in syndication.

Taxi
Barney Miller
Cheers
Hogan's Heroes
Dick Van Dyke Show
McHale's Navy
Newhart (the one with Suzanne Pleshette)
MASH
All In The Family
Rockford Files
Kojak (Who loves ya, Baby?)
The Odd Couple

Probably a few more that aren't coming to mind right now....


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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:10pm
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Arrgghh! Whip me, beat me, tie me up and make me watch Dr. Phil! Puddleyvision?

PBS
History Channel
Sports Center ESPN (good to see every game)
Discovery
AMC
TBS
Academy Awards

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:00pm
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I like your list, too. Mine would be

Science
PBS
AMC
Comedy Central
Showtime
HBO
Jeopardy! (syndicated)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:37am
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Danger Mouse
Young Ones
Family Guy
Monty Python
Star Trek

EDIT: Adusting for the Film post's dates, you can revove Family Guy, Young Ones and Danger Mouse. Let's throw in:

Twilight Zone
Lost In Space
Laugh In

and so on...

Basically any show where the ingestion of certain substances enhances the experience, preferrably causing explosions of incapacitating laughter.

That and all those "drama" shows to.

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Poster: vapors Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:59am
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Saturday Night Live with the original crew!

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 6, 2011 8:51pm
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Exactly, SNL defined where you were every Saturday Night @ 10:30 PM from 1975 - 1983 ish? When Eddie Murphy moved-on.

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Poster: oneprowierdo Date: Jan 6, 2011 3:32pm
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forgot all about the "young ones " that was a fatty or two show if there ever was !

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:28am
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Yeah, The Prisoner remake was just godawful ...

For me, it's 75% about the writing; more or less in order:

1 The Wire
2 The Singing Detective - does this really count? It's really just a long, great film ...
3 Prime Suspect, especially seasons 3 and 4
4 Dexter
5 Buffy - might not be aging well, but it brought true sequential storytelling back to prime time, with forward moving plots, season-long story arcs, and true character development - it is the essential blueprint for all the great cable series that have followed it, such as ...
6 The Sopranos
7 South Park
8 The Simpsons, seasons 2 through at least 10(!), and that is an amazing run.
9 MASH - seasons 1-3, for sure
10 Twin Peaks, season 1 only. Season 2 too gonzo for me.

Honorable mentions to:
Married With Children
X-Files seasons 3 and 4 for riding the pop culture zeitgeist, like a surfer riding on a tidal wave ...

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:17am
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Duh, I forgot Prime Suspect. Helen please forgive me.
fen, do you have a fav. of that series?

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:22am
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First episode of season 4, "The Lost Child" (brilliant title - covers pretty much EVERY character) which is a rip-snorting little mystery in its own right, but also deals with the personal fallout from Season 3. You might want to watch Season 3 first ...

I forgot "Breaking Bad" which is probably #1 or #2 - so my list is completely wrong!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:34am
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I've watched them all too fen. 3 and 5 are right there with 4. The swimming pool scene w/ the dogs in 5 and David Thewlis character in general in 3.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:49am
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I'm not a big fan of 5. The change in location from London to - was it Manchester? or Birmingham? - was maybe a little too shocking for me. I missed all the supporting characters terribly. I've been meaning to watch it again someday and give it another chance, but haven't gotten around to it. I need to re-watch 6, too, which I recall as having some great moments but being overall kind of disappointing.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:25am
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I missed those regular characters as well.
So much TV that we see here is London centric, that is was interesting to see the Midlands (it was Manchester) even in their present difficulties. Some of the imagery, as I mentioned, stuck.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:30am
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Have you seen the Red Riding series? I watched it over the holidays and it was outstanding. "To the North - where we do what we want!"

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:37am
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I don't think its crossed the pond yet. I do like Sean Bean's work.
I will definitely check it out. Thanks fen.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:43am
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I thought you were in England? It's on DVD here in the States, but if you have on-demand cable (I have Time-Warner) you can watch all three for free right now courtesy of the Sundance channel (even if you don't subscribe to the Sundance channel - it's under the "Movies" menu, sub-menu "Free Movies," sub-menu "Sundance Channel."

Sean Bean doesn't have a lot of screen time but, man, is he great. I'm so used to him as a good guy that this performance really knocked me out. Andrew Garfield and Paddy Considine are also terrific.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:58am
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That's funny fen. It's you, it's me. ;-)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:50am
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PrSus is a GREAT one. Helen is almost as a big a crush item as ShJones from Music Man. On the latter, just ytube "Goodnight my someone" (I am sure it's there) to fall in love again...

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Poster: fourempties Date: Jan 6, 2011 3:05pm
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THANK YOU! I was hoping someone would mention Breaking Bad. What. A. Great. Freaking. Show. WATCH IT (FROM THE BEGINNING) if you have not seen it.

I would throw in Weeds on my list- except for this last season.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:15am
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I'll second your choices of

The Prisoner
Twin Peaks
and The Singing Detective

and add
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
The Twilight Zone
The Outer Limits
Perry Mason
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Ernie Kovacs
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Fawlty Towers
The Great American Dream Machine

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Poster: roughyed Date: Jan 6, 2011 4:56pm
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Britain - "It's The Benny Hill Show!"
US - The Benny Hinn Show , even funnier!!!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:14am
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The Singing Detective (w/Michael Gambon) blew my mind when I saw it 20ish years ago. I bet it would still hold up.

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Homicide: Life on the Streets
All in the Family
Mad Men
Six Feet Under
Singing Dectective
The Office (US-haven't seen UK)
Star Trek:The N.G.
The Waltons
Twilight Zone
Magnum P.I.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 6, 2011 1:21pm
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We've been getting into The Office lately. Now that neither of us work in such a place, it's tolerable ... when you're actually spending many hours a day in a place exactly like that, you don't want to come home and sit through more of the same. It's *so* true to life.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 1:27pm
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Well, I'm glad you are out Ring. You seemed quite irritated at times last year (at the office).
And it is a great show. I do hope they give it a wrap when Steve Carrell leaves at the end of the year.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 6, 2011 1:34pm
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Oh, I'm not out from where I was last year. Did I sound irritated, not about my present job, which I love. The job that was like "The Office" was a few years ago - which is why I have enough distance on it to find it funny.


edit - I do have an irritating office mate, maybe that's what you remember, I keep my music turned up so I don't have to listen to her on the phone with her daughters and her hairdresser and her tax accountant etcetera, but that's my only complaint.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 1:39pm
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I don't know you well enough yet to differentiate between aggravations and/or difficulties. And the forum is not conducive to many matters. I think the complaints may have been us; rec. shows, vids, ect., and you wanted to crank those suckers up! :-)
The trips to my neck of the woods probably trumps much/all in the difficulties department.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 6, 2011 7:26pm
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Yeah something like that. Thanks for asking. Both sides of the family at the moment ... believe me, the job is an oasis!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 8:27pm
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Wow. :-(
We will keep you in our thoughts Ring.
In the spring when the farm has some life to it, please consider popping by. At the very least you will leave with a nice bouquet and some great veggies. I'll ask you in a few months. S.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 9, 2011 12:19pm
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thank you!! I will certainly take you up on it.
My father-in-law has died. That's where I've been past few days ...

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 9, 2011 12:40pm
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I am so sorry Ring.
I wish for your husband to listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rest his soul.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 9, 2011 1:19pm
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Thanks.
It wasn't unexpected, but he's taking it hard. We've been together 21 years and I never saw him cry until yesterday.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 9, 2011 9:56pm
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Hi Ringo, Just saw this here ... I'm so sorry. Even if it's not unexpected, I don't suppose those mental cushions actually protect a lot from the shock and loss. A little, but not a lot; how can they? All my best to your and your husband. Hope he finds some solace in his stargazing and whatever else is good for him and you and your family.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 10, 2011 4:59am
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Thanks so much. Yes, he had been declining for quite some time - Parkinson's - so in some ways the family was relieved - the last couple of years had been no fun at all. Somehow though, that hasn't really made it any easier after all.

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Poster: Dancin'Deb Date: Jan 10, 2011 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So following on from films ...

Hi Ring...I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your father-in-law...It's been my experience that no matter how long someone has been sick or how prepared you think you are, it is always a surprise when it happens. I pray for peace for your husband and you...and all those that loved your father-in-law.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2011 9:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So following on from films ...

Oh, thank you Deb, I appreciate it :)